Today I spent the morning researching “wasted time.” Often times my clients tell me they waste time in the morning finding things in their closet and their biggest goal is to be “in and out.”
This got me thinking, how much time are we wasting looking for things? How many minutes do we spend trying to find our car keys? How much time do we spend looking for matching socks? How much time do we spend trying to find a book we’ve had on our bookshelf for years and suddenly want to start reading?
According to US News and World Report, the average person spends one year of their life looking for misplaced items. I will say that again, one year. What would you do with that extra year of your life if you were able to gain it back?
Here are a few tips to help you get that year of your life back:
Have A Specific Place For Your Keys. I have on small drawer in my entry way cabinet that is specifically for keys. I come home from wherever I am and my keys go right in the drawer. Trust me, this is a big time saver on those dark cold winter mornings.
Plan An Outfit For The Next Day. Before going to bed, hang an outfit for the next day. Having to scramble and put together an outfit in the morning could be stressful and may set you up for a whole entire day of stress which is unhealthy and unnecessary. Take it a step further by steaming and lint brushing the night before. Now your outfit is fresh and ready to go and you have a couple of more minutes with your beloved cup of coffee.
File According To Urgency. I tend to keep my desk as clutter free as possible. However, I always leave a folder out with my most urgent bills and priority mail. That way it’s in my face, I can get to these important documents quickly and I don’t have to waste time scrambling through drawers.
Categorize Your Home. Rule number 1 that any professional organizer will tell you is categorize your stuff. Keep tank tops together, skirts together, socks together, keep pots and pans together, keep like foods and snacks together in your pantry and the list can go on and on and on. Everyone’s home is different and the list of categorize vary per each household. One thing I know for sure is that this will definitely save you a lot of time, stress and energy when it comes to finding things.
I would love to hear from you: What items do you always misplace or can never seem to find?